Apple TV 3.0 offers new interface

By Robert Briel
October 30, 2009 08.13 UK

apple_tv_3-0Apple has rolled out the Version 3.0 software for its Apple TV, offering a new user interface as well as new features including direct access to internet radio. A new update for iTunes software takes care of full interoperability.

The Apple TV 3.0 software comes complete with a redesigned main menu that helps in faster navigation. On demand HD movie buys and rentals, HD TV shows, music and podcasts have become more exciting with the brand new Version 3.0, according to Apple.

With the new version, iTunes Extras and iTunes LP can be enjoyed in fullscreen on the Apple TV; and Genius Mixes and internet Radio can be played back on a home theatre system. It comes with totally revamped user interface, making the set-top box experience much better than the earlier versions. The new menu also boasts of support for iPhoto Events and iPhoto Faces.

The iTunes Extras that have been added promises additional content such as deleted scenes, interviews and interactive galleries, while iTunes LP delivers “a rich experience for select albums on the iTunes Store,” such as live performance videos, lyrics, artwork, liner notes, interviews and images.

“The new software for Apple TV features a simpler and faster interface that gives you instant access to your favorite content,” Eddy Cue, Apple’s VP of internet Services, said in a statement.

“HD movies and HD TV shows from iTunes have been a huge hit with Apple TV customers, and with Apple TV 3.0 they get great new features including iTunes Extras, Genius Mixes andinternet radio.”

The iTunes 9.0.2 update adds Apple TV 3.0 support.